Riva Tims, ex-wife of the late Pastor Zachary Tims has filed lawsuits against the Board of Directors at the New Destiny Christian Center (NDCC) she once co-pastored with her then husband and televangelist Paula White who was named his successor, a position Mrs. Tims alleges is rightfully hers based on church by-laws.
In 1996, Mrs. Tims co-founded the 8,000 member Apopka, Florida based ministry, but severed ties after a divorce from the deceased pastor.
In a press conference held yesterday, following Whites same day appointment as Senior Pastor of NDCC, she said she attempted to meet with both White and the board but neither responded. Although she was never considered as a replacement, “. . .I am the real mother,” the former First Lady declared, followed by cheers of support. The church countered with a statement saying they are confident in their legal standing and while they are “saddened” by the course of legal action Mrs. Tims has taken, they “will take all actions necessary to protect [the] church, its ministry and its reputation.”
Riva Tims is not standing alone in her fight. As word of who the new pastor would be spread, last week protesters staged a march with their preference for Pastor Riva marked on signs. Some of Tims’ supporters posted a You Tube vidoe enlisting members to boycott the New Year’s Eve Service where White is due to speak. She is due to formally assume leadership of NDCC on Jan. 1.
Prominent Pastor I.V. Hilliard resigned as a member of the Bishop’s Council that was selected to oversee the selection process, alluding to problems with the selection process.